LOOK: Quaker Steak and Lube Opens in Lakewood
As many as 700 attended the grand opening of the restaurant in the eastern portion of the renovated Lakewood Plaza.
That was quick.
And on Monday night, the Pennsylvania-based chain opened the doors to its 50th restaurant in the country, on Detroit Avenue.
The cars and motorcycles are all hung from the ceiling with care; the sports memorabilia on the walls; and the kitchen loaded with wings.
As many as 700 people attended the grand opening private party on Monday.
Tony Pepe, the restaurant's general manager who started with the company just as construction began, said the process has gone smoothly.
"They worked around the clock to get this open," he said. "This has been amazing."
Pepe, who lives around the corner from the new business, said the restaurant will be active in the community — sponsoring sports teams and hosting fundraisers for local charities.
"Everything we do is going to be about Lakewood," he said.
The restaurant — perhaps best-known for its wings — is a smaller version than most of its locations.
But this “concept store” is anything but typical.
At 6,600 square feet, this Quaker Steak and Lube is much smaller than most of the others across the country.
"This is our first urban location in the country," said David Miller, the company's vice president of operations, who had been staying in the area while work on the restaurant wraps up. "We could have done a bigger (restaurant), but we think this will fit the neighborhood very well."